01 JunLeonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony / $40
Leonard Cohen: New Skin for the Old Ceremony / $40
Cohen arrived to the party late, not making music until the age of 33, but he made up for lost time by laying down tracks until the day he died, with his last album coming out three weeks before he crossed over to the other side. New Skin for the Old Ceremony was his fourth studio album. At the time, the reception was average, but just like fine wine and good art, the praise came over time. Now thought of as one of his best albums, and an all time classic in contemporary folk music.
This is not a book, this is a manly manual of wisdom. Literature that should be written in stone detailing 83 years of drinking wisdom, 125 cocktail antidotes, and 13 drinks that every man should know how to make. Knowledge is key, so stop depending on your local bartender for all the recipes.
The Saigon Knife is brought to you by the team at Roark, a crew that specializes in the coolest adventure ready goods. Complete with an aluminum handle, black snub blade, gold titanium, and a full-time bottle opener and clip, making this trinket you’re go-to beach, outdoor ready summer tool.
04 JunFree & Easy California Classic Pocket Tee / $58
Free & Easy California Classic Pocket Tee / $58
Free & Easy is inspired by the founder Kevin Circosta father’s generation of surfers during California’s golden era in the 70s. Needless to say it’s a laid back, breezy lifestyle brand that has you looking smooth while surfing the streets. The California Classic Black Pocket Tee is all you need for a Summer breeze—simple and classic. 100% cotton, and hand-printed in Los Angeles.
Using the same leather that caught fly balls and 90 mile hour pitches, Fielder’s Choice Card Cases have been refurbished to catch dollas’ not balls. Each piece is unique, and an instant conversation starter. Time to knock your wallet game out of the park.
Jack Henry is one of those names that you want to give to your first son—a modern day James Dean. For control and texture, this pomade will have your head feeling light, and hair looking effortlessly cool. No crunch, no grease, no bad hair days. Go get em’ Jack.
Classic slip-ons from the brand that stays true to the timeless shades of black and white. With sleek gear to take-on the gym, heavy bag, and courts, their slide-ons are an essential for sunny days by the pool, or meandering into the steam room after your daily hustle. Rep their logo with pride, knowing that in your domain you are always the reigning champ.
With song titles such as California Sunset, Golden Hour, and Harvest Moon (cover), the name Pacific Standard Time was the perfect name for the debut album by Poolside. If you’re still feeling blue from the cold months, let this album put you in the perfect summer mood. When people ask “Who’s this?” And you say “Poolside!” Get ready for them to say “Yeah it sounds like something I’d be listening to poolside, but who is this?” It’ll happen, watch.
For the same reason that buying this book and not just viewing it on a screen is beautiful, is why you’ll enjoy this masterpiece of photos. Documenting a time before mass production, when the presentation of packaging was in itself a gift—a piece of art. This book contains 221 black-and-white photographs exemplifying traditional Japanese packaging. The showcase of a lost art, reminding us the connection between nature and hardwork.
Life rule: Smell like a rockstar, feel like a rockstar. Nineteen Sixty Nine is a company dedicated to hypnotizing fragrances drawn from counter cultures and iconic moments. Our choice from the brands lineup was instantly Purple Haze, pulling inspiration from the late 60’s and early 70’s, leaving any one you come in contact with in a curious haze of their own.
“Purple Haze was in my eyes, don’t know if it’s day or night, you’ve got me blowing, blowing my mind”
Handmade in San Diego by those radical dudes from Bradley Mountain, The Scout is our summer pack for pretty much everything. Here are the deets: Waxed canvas, bridle leather straps, and solid brass and copper hardware. We picked charcoal because it gives a cool summer feel, but they’ve got three color options to choose from (phone a friend if you can’t decide). The small size of this pack makes it appealing, as it’s just the right size to hold a laptop and a few daily essentials for a quick pool or desert day cruise.
Hitachino is fully embracing summer time vibes with the its Yuzu Lager. Crack open for a citrus character that swirls together with hops and malty back-bone from the almighty Kaneko Golden malt. The yuzu is aromatic on the nose bringing a refreshing feeling to counter the hot sun. Not your average boat or dock beer, this will be a hit at any outdoor gathering—keep close before they disappear.
What’d Neil Young say? Roll another number — This one is for the puff, puff, passers out there. The smoking case by Burlmade is for the Mary Jane enthusiasts. Made with 100% natural burlwood and brass, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but big enough to keep a fat stash.
If you haven’t got the June Gear Grid vibe yet, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Time to block all the haters out with these polarized handmade sunglasses from Bondi Beach in Australia. It’s okay if you haven’t been, because if you buy these, an extension of you has. You are lookin’ cooler already, mate.
This album is just as much soul as it is rock, because when Stevie spit it, it was all from the heart. His 1983 debut album Texas Flood put this blues legend on the map. With classic songs such as Texas Flood and Pride and Joy, the genre was never quite the same. He quickly drew comparisons to Albert King and Jimi Hendrix, which almost don’t do him justice, as his barnburners will light a roof on fire. If you’re a classic rock lover, this will be a perfect addition to your vinyl collection.
16 JunWanderlust: Hiking on Legendary Trails / $60
Wanderlust: Hiking on Legendary Trails / $60
Explore this wild world one step at a time, at least that’s our mantra. Though we focus largely on the sprawling cities of the globe, we recognize how important it is to get out of dodge. Wanderlust presents legendary walking routes with inviting maps, practical tips, and inspiring landscape photographs through variety of terrain ranging from thin ice, to desert sands to coastal tracks and forest pathways—get out there.
Who hates wearing shorts? Don’t everybody raise your hands at once. All you denim heads, sometimes you have to show off a little leg, and that time is undoubtedly when water is being splashed around. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, because we made sure they were in all black. These classic trunks from Bather Trunk Co. on STAG will have you looking timeless while catching rays on a blow up pineapple.
18 Jun Salt & Stone SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Stick / $18
Salt & Stone SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Stick / $18
It happens every year, you swear it’s the last, you promise to be better next time… No, this is not your relationship —well not the one with your significant other, anyways. Gents, if you’re cruising trails, chasing swells, or skating rails, don’t let the rays get the best of your face this season. This sleek stick by Salt & Stone and brought to you by Huckberry is your summer companion in the fight against our local Star. Let this be the year you don’t have to make a pharmacy stop for Aloe Vera…
Pendleton blankets are keen for design, inspired by many Native American patterns. They’ve used the same attention to detail with this comfortable, plush towel. Sheared on one side for softness, looped on the other for superior absorption, it will have your rightfully claimed lounge chair at the pool hard to miss, and keep you shielded and relaxed for all waterside antics.
Gin and summer go hand in hand. This one in particular from Spencerfield Spirit Co toasts the sunny season with a unique flavor profile of foraged ingredients from Scottish coastlines. With notes of ground ivy, seaweed, and scurvy grass, it finishes like a salty ocean breeze. Just add a splash of Fever-Tree Tonic with a squeeze of lemon or lime and you’re golden.
“I exercise strong self-control, I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast.” —W.C. Fields
The Gear Grid is designed for the CYTIES cavalier, an urban nomad and modern jet-setter who cares deeply about the details. He is a cultured man, and the well-designed objects he wears or carries with him assist in telling his personal story. He’s a hard worker, a free thinker, and most certainly is a world traveler. Check our Gear Grid with new posts every day to discover curated essentials fostered towards the CYTIES man.